Tim Frank

Sideshow banners

I painted sideshow banners between 1978 and 1994. The banners were tased on the traditional style practiced by Fred Johnson and Snap Wyatt. 

Most of these pieces were commissioned by Tim Deremer, who ran several traveling shows, including The Palace of Illusion, Gabora the Gorilla Girl and Myrna the Mermaid. The banners also showed in galleries and were recently featured on American Pickers.

The banners were a blast to paint and it was a great subculture of fascinating people. I still miss it.